Kukul Mas Mollagathanni - Sri Lankan Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

    1 hour 30 minutes

    A typically Sri Lankan preparation of 'pepper water', mollagathanni, or chicken mulligatawny soup.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 500g chicken meat, cubed
    • 6 cups (1 1/2 litres) chicken stock
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 pinch saffron threads
    • 2 large ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
    • 1 large brown onion, peeled and finely chopped, divided
    • 1 quill Sri Lankan cinnamon (the only authentic cinnamon)
    • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    • 6 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced
    • 1 teaspoon chilli powder (or to taste)
    • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
    • 1 tablespoon dried karapincha (Sri Lankan curry leaves)
    • 2 cups coconut milk
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice (or 2 tablespoons lemon juice)

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

    1. Put the chicken and the chicken stock into a largeish saucepan and bring to a boil. At this stage, add the salt, pepper, ground coriander, ground cumin, saffron, tomatoes, half the onion, cinnamon quill, ginger, garlic and chilli powder. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
    2. In a small frypan, heat the peanut oil and brown the remaining onion with the crumbled curry leaves (this is to 'temper' the mollagathanni: tempering is a Sri Lankan cooking technique). When the onions are browned, add the coconut milk. Then pour the whole shebang into the chicken mixture. The chicken is now tempered.
    3. Add the lemon juice to the mollagathanni. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer the soup for 15 minutes.
    4. Serve hot as a stand-alone soup or with basmati rice and curries on the side.

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    Just made it ...Easy to make..great recipe...  -  20 Oct 2013


    easy to make and warming add lots of chilli so tasty  -  28 Jun 2012